Broc Cellars Eagle Point Counoise 2018
Broc Cellars Eagle Point Counoise unwinds with each minute from opening. Ruby red colour. Earthy forest floor and wild herbs on the nose over a dark fruit base. Delectably dry and light-medium bodied with rustic tannins, an assertive acidity and expansive palate. Stewed red raspberry, fresh blackberries and juicy black cherry flavours with wonderfully savoury animal hide and leather nuances. Closes with a spicy fruit finish.
100% Counoise. The fruit comes from Eagle Point Ranch vineyard, which sits at 548 metres elevation on the Mayacamas Mountain Range, Mendocino. Planted in 2007 to roughly 4 acres from clonal material sourced from Tablas Creek. Soils are typically thin mountain soils but rich in iron – rocky with low yields. No use of any pesticides or herbicides during farming. Vineyard is CCOF.
Counoise is always the last varietal to come into the winery. Displaying medium-sized berries on large clusters, it’s also one of the heaviest. All the grapes go through destemming before spontaneous fermentation in 5-ton open top fermenters. The wine then ages for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels.
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